Monday, December 19

Blind spots

Scripture: Nahum 1-3, Psalm 146, John 9

John 9:39 Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind.”

Observation

The Pharisees refused to believe that Jesus healed a man born blind. They doubted the man’s testimony, so they checked with his parents who verified it. Still not convinced, they interviewed the man a second time, rejected his testimony and threw him out. 

Jesus found him and called him to believe and the man believed in Jesus and worshiped Him. I love that Jesus accepted the one others had rejected. What others threw out, Jesus took in. 

Jesus brought judgment—a distinguishing of right and wrong, a separation of truth from error. The blind man saw. The seeing Pharisees were blind. Jesus not only brought healing to a blind man, but He revealed the blindness of those who proudly thought they saw. 

Application

I want to be like Jesus not the Pharisees. I want to be the welcomer not the rejector. The Pharisees threw out this man like a piece of trash. Jesus was a trash collector—He welcomed the man. The danger for religious people is that we let our standards become reasons to reject people.

I know I have blind spots—areas where I think I see but I don’t. I’m particularly susceptible to them anywhere I’m self-righteous, proud, or too sure of myself—like the Pharisees. 

How can I overcome my blind spots and see?

First, by coming to Jesus and letting Him speak to me and heal me. Jesus said that if we continue in His word, we’d know the truth and it would set us free (John 8:31-32). 

Second, by being curious rather than judgmental. Ask questions more than make judgments. Be a disciple rather than a judge. 

Third, ask those closest to me to point out my blind spots. “What am I not seeing?”

Prayer: I love You Jesus! I need Your help. I know that I can be Pharisaical—too confident that I’m right despite my blind spots. I want to see! Help me, heal me, free me.